Notebook: Bradley promises to work on cutting down on his spitting

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Keegan Bradley calls his spitting a nervous habit he didn't realize he had, and he apologized for it after he saw how often he did it.
Doug Ferguson
Associated Press

Series: PGA Tour

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 | 6:55 p.m.

Keegan Bradley watched a replay of the Northern Trust Open, where he holed a 12-foot birdie putt on the final hole to get into a playoff with Phil Mickelson and Bill Haas, who eventually won on the second extra hole.

It wasn't the clutch putt that stood out. It was the spitting.

It's a nervous habit Bradley didn't realize he had, expectorating before just about every shot, sometimes more than once. It turned into quite a spat on Twitter, particularly from Europeans, and Bradley later tweeted an apology when he saw all the comments.

"I was very surprised to see the replay of the telecast to see how much I was spitting. To be honest with you, I really had no idea I was doing it. And I feel bad," Bradley said. "It's something that I'm going to work on and I just ask everybody to just kind of bear with me as I go through this, because it's something I've done without even knowing it.

"In a way, I'm glad it happened," he said. "But it's something that I'm going to try very hard to stop."

UP FOR GRABS: Martin Kaymer went to No. 1 in the world last year by reaching the final of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. This year, two players have a chance to take over No. 1.

Luke Donald has to reach the quarterfinals to assure staying at the top for the ninth month.

Rory McIlroy is at No. 2. The only way for him to get to No. 1 for the first time in his career is to win the Match Play, provided that Donald doesn't make it beyond the second round.

Lee Westwood is at No. 3, and his odds are slightly better than McIlroy because he has played fewer tournaments. For Westwood to return to No. 1 -- his position a year ago -- he would have to win and make sure Donald doesn't reach the quarterfinals.

LPGA IN SINGAPORE: It's a play on words at the HSBC Women's Champions event this week at Singapore, where organizers have referred to the winner as the "Champion of Champions."

So far, it has lived up to its name.

In its four-year history, the winners have been Lorena Ochoa, Jiyai Shin and Ai Miyazato, all of whom had been No. 1 in the women's world ranking. The exception is the defending champion, Karrie Webb, who dominated more than any of the other three before the ranking began. Webb is the only player to win the LPGA's "Super Slam" of five majors.

The only players who have been at No. 1 and have not won the HSBC Women's Champions are Yani Tseng and Cristie Kerr.

PRO-AM PREFERENCE: Tiger Woods will play his first pro-am of the year on the PGA Tour next week in the Honda Classic. And even though he finished 128th on the money list a year ago, he can count on an early tee time.

The tour used to rely on the money list to decide who gets the first choice of tee times. As was the case a year ago when he was 68th on the previous year's money list, Woods got into some pro-ams as a sponsor's pick.

In a change this year, the pick of tee times first goes to anyone who is in the "Life Member" category or in the World Golf Hall of Fame. Life members must have played 15 years and won at least 20 times. Woods completed his 15th year in 2011 and has 71 wins.

Others who fall into that category are Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III and Vijay Singh.

DIVOTS: The average score at Riviera was 72.6 for the week, not only the highest on the PGA Tour this year, but the only tournament that the score was over par. ... For the first time in more than two years, Luke Donald made the cut in a tournament but failed to earn any world ranking points because he finished too low. ... The LPGA Tour made it official last week by saying the Lotte Championship in Hawaii will be played at Ko Olina Golf Club on April 18-21. The LPGA previously had a tournament at the resort on the west end of Oahu. ... Lee Westwood wanted to lose weight in the offseason, and he found the easiest way was to cut out alcohol. He's done well, except when he went to Buckingham Palace to receive his Order of the British Empire. "You have to have a couple of glasses of champagne at lunch afterward and the night before," he said. "But apart from that, I'm sort of back on being off of it."

STAT OF THE WEEK: The last nine players to be No. 1 in the world are playing PGA Tour events this week -- five in the Match Play Championship (Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer, Tiger Woods, Ernie Els) and four in the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Mexico (David Duval, Greg Norman, Tom Lehman, Nick Price).

FINAL WORD: "For a short hole, when you get out of position, the hardest shot is just to get back into position." -- Harrison Frazar on the 10th hole at Riviera.



I did find Keegan Bradley's spitting odd and I am glad that someone made him aware of it, he is such a fine and intense Golfer. Yes you can!